Business, School, and Criminal Defense Lawyer David J Seeley

David J. Seeley

Member phone: 425.822.9281 x7312 fax: 425.828.0908

Legal Assistant: Laura Faulstich

Partner David Seeley’s practice is somewhat unique as he practices in a wide variety of areas, including school law, commercial litigation, criminal law, and business law.  He advises and defends public school districts on a broad range of legal issues with a particular emphasis on employment matters, employee and union grievances, collective bargaining agreement interpretation, volunteer programs, and general issues involving students and parents that impact the day-to-day operation of schools.  Together with other firm attorneys, Mr. Seeley represents two major school districts.

Mr. Seeley’s commercial litigation practice is focused on contract disputes, surety matters, insurance issues, and general counsel work.  He also represents clients in personal injury cases in which severe injuries have been sustained.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Seeley served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Clark County, Washington for ten years, where he had more than 150 criminal trials.  As a deputy prosecuting attorney, he handled several high profile murder cases, and a variety of other major serious violent felony prosecutions.  Mr. Seeley also spent two years working in the Child Abuse Intervention Center.  His current criminal defense practice is devoted to defending clients charged with all levels of crimes throughout the Puget Sound area.

Mr. Seeley also provides general legal counsel to business clients concerning corporate, real estate, transactional, and governance issues.

Mr. Seeley acted as general counsel for Marlon Brando from 2000 to 2004.  Since Mr. Brando’s death in July of 2004, Mr. Seeley has acted as general counsel to The Marlon Brando Living Trust.  He frequently travels to French Polynesia to help manage the Trust’s interests in Tetiaroa, a privately held atoll.

Representative Matters

  • General Counsel to Marlon Brando (2000 – 2004).
  • General Counsel, The Marlon Brando Living Trust (2004 to present).
  • Founding member of Tetiaroa Society, a United States nonprofit entity whose mission is to protect Tetiaroa.
  • Frequently meets with high ranking French Polynesian government officials including the president of the country regarding the future of Tetiaroa.
  • Currently working towards having Tetiaroa classified as a protected area.
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the murder case of State v. Dennis Keith Smith, which was featured on the television shows Unsolved Mysteries and Court TV’s Forensic Detectives.


  • Lake Washington School District’s “Employee Expectations” video presentation.  Mr. Seeley has been involved in the development of the program since its inception, and is the featured speaker.  This video is shown yearly to all employees of the District.
  • Frequent speaker at local high schools and universities regarding the law in general and the impact criminal charges can have on the students’ futures.
  • Frequent speaker at the University of Minnesota School of Law.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Clark County, Washington (1990 – 2000).
  • East King County Bar Association (Vice President, 2003; President, 2004).
  • Washington State Bar Association.
  • The State Bar of California.
  • Washington Council of School Attorneys (past board member).
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • Lake Washington Capital Projects Citizen Advisory Committee (2002 to present).
  • Kirkland Boys & Girls Club (Board of Directors 2000 to 2008).
  • Coach in Lake Washington Girls’ Select Basketball Program (2008 to 2013).

Honors / Awards / Unique Recognition

  • Member of Board of Directors for S.A. Frangipani Unlimited, a French Polynesian corporation that owns Tetiaroa (2004 to present).
  • Member of Executive Board of Tetiaroa Society (2010 to present).


When not practicing law, David and his wife are often attending the sports activities of their two children or participating in outdoor recreational activities.  David also spends a lot of his free time working on behalf of Tetiaroa Society.


  • Education

    • J.D., University of San Diego, 1989.
    • B.A., University of Washington, 1986.
  • Bar/Court Admissions

    • Washington State Courts.
    • California State Courts.
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit.